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CANCER PREVENTION Eating fruits and veggies from a wide variety of color groups is good for your health.


FRANCISCAN NEWS Stay current with what’s happening at Franciscan Health System


BREAST CANCER Learn about your breast cancer screening options, including the new 3D mammography.


SCREENING SAVES LIVES Read real stories of people who had a screening that saved their life.

9 TIME FOR YOUR NEXT SCREENING? Find out which clinics in your area offer the cancer screenings you need.

10 LUNG CANCER Do you know the dangers of lung cancer?

Find your new health care professional today! Orthopedic Surgery Franciscan Orthopedic Associates at St. Joseph (253) 274-7504 1608 S. J Street, 4th Floor, Tacoma

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Franciscan Maternal-Fetal Medicine Associates at St. Joseph (253) 274-7559 1608 S. J Street, 1st Floor, Tacoma Cardiology Franciscan Heart & Vascular Associates at St. Joseph (253) 627-1244 1802 S. Yakima Ave, Tacoma

Angie K. Baker, PAC

Arthur Maslow, DO

Raza Orakzai, MD, FACC, FASNC

Neurosurgery Franciscan Neurosurgery Associates at St. Joseph (253) 274-7505 1608 S. J Street, Fifth Floor, Tacoma

Plastic Surgery Franciscan Plastic Surgery Associates - Pearl Place (253) 759-4522 6002 North Westgate Blvd, Tacoma

Stacey Heins, PA-C

Michael Cohen, MD

Neurology Franciscan Neurology Associates at St. Joseph (253) 274-7505 1608 S. J Street, Fifth Floor, Tacoma Keiko Howard, DO

12 WE’RE HERE FOR YOU Franciscan cancer nurse navigators are with you every step of the way.

Coming soon! Single bill for all Franciscan activity Franciscan is a family of more than 12,000 doctors, nurses and staff who provide exceptional medical care at: Hospitals St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma • St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way • St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood • St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw • St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor • Highline Medical Center, Burien • Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton and Silverdale • Medical Groups Franciscan Medical Group, clinics throughout the Puget Sound • Harrison HealthPartners, serving the West Sound CEO, Franciscan Health System Joe Wilczek President, St. Joseph Medical Center Syd Bersante Managing Editor Amanda Hobbs Franciscan Health System is part of Catholic Health Initiatives, which has health care facilities throughout the United States. ©2013, Franciscan Health System. All rights reserved. For questions or comments, or if you’d like to be removed from the health! mailing list, please contact us at 253-382-3850, or write to: Editor, Franciscan health!, Franciscan Health System, Marketing & Communications, PO Box 2197, Tacoma, WA 98401-2197.


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In July 2013 your local primary care and Prompt Care clinics went live on our new electronic medical record system. In August, St. Anthony Hospital, St. Clare Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center all implemented the new system. By 2015, every Franciscan clinic and hospital will have fully deployed the new electronic medical record — ensuring your health information is quickly and securely available online to you and your doctors. As we deploy the new system across our system, patients will continue to receive separate bills from our clinics and hospitals. We understand that health care bills can be confusing and frustrating. During our transition to consolidated billing, you may have questions and concerns about the bills you receive. To help guide you through this process, we have set up a special hotline to help answer all of your billing questions.

Billing questions? Call 1-888-779-6380 Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for assistance.

Put cancer prevention on your plate

You know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for your overall health, but did you know eating lots of produce can also reduce your risk for cancer? The key is filling your plate with many different colors. “The same plant chemicals that give different fruits and vegetables their colors also help protect your body against cancer,” Tricia Sinek, RD said Tricia Sinek, RD, a Franciscan Cancer Care expert. “Phytochemicals are naturally occurring compounds that protect plants, and they also protect your cells when you eat them.” Different types of phytochemicals protect your body in different ways, so consuming a variety of produce colors is key for reaping as many benefits as you can. For instance, some phytochemicals suppress the growth of cancer. Others help your cells unload toxins that otherwise may damage the genetic

The three color groups Aim to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, and at least one from each of the three color groups.

material inside of your cells contributing to cancer. And others strengthen your cell walls so they’re less prone to form harmful compounds in your body.

How to eat the rainbow “Ideally, you want to consume a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables per day with at least one food from each color group,” Sinek said. These color groups include: ■■  Purple and blue foods: grapes, beets, berries and eggplant ■■  Red and orange foods: tomatoes, peppers, apples, oranges and sweet potatoes ■■  Green and yellow foods: kale, spinach, broccoli, string beans and squash In addition, consume plants that provide lots of aromas and flavors because they often contain cancer-preventing properties, too, Sinek explained. Examples of these plants include garlic, onions, herbs, spices, horseradish and olives.

Getting started One of the best ways to increase the variety of colors, odors and flavors in your diet is by starting slow. “Choose one food from a color group for a day,” Sinek said. After a few days, add another color so now you’re getting at least two servings of brightly colored plants. Continue adding colors to your diet, experimenting with new foods and flavors to discover what you enjoy. “It’s been shown that we eat with our eyes first. So if your food is beautiful, it enhances your enjoyment,” Sinek said. “At the same time, you’re reducing your risk for disease.”


Want to learn more about healthy eating? Visit often to find a class in your area.

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Get ready for Medicare open enrollment! Easily compare plans with our FREE resource. Thinking of signing up for a Medicare Advantage health plan this fall? Franciscan Health System is pleased to provide a free Medicare Insurance Helpline operated by MedicareCompareUSA. The service can help you learn more about how Medicare Advantage plans work and how to pick the one that’s right for you and your needs. You can also learn about plans that are accepted by your Franciscan Medical Group physicians and Franciscan hospitals. MedicareCompareUSA Insurance Specialists are licensed, trained and salaried employees with the mission of helping you find the right Medicare plan that best fits your individual needs, preferences and budget. You can take advantage of their free services as you approach Medicare age (65), or contact them during the annual fall open enrollment period October 15-December 7.

Contact MedicareCompareUSA today by calling 1-866-491-3860 (toll free) or visit The Medicare Insurance Helpline is provided to Medicare beneficiaries at no cost and with no obligation.  Medicare beneficiaries are also free to contact each Medicare plan directly, work with any licensed Medicare agent, or access Medicare plan information by calling 1-800-MEDICARE or online at MedicareCompareUSA is not affiliated with the Federal Medicare program.

Additional services available at new Franciscan Medical Building at St. Joseph The new Franciscan Medical Building at St. Joseph is now home to the region’s top specialists in neurosciences, orthopedics and sports medicine. The facility, which opened earlier this year with primary care, women’s health and eye care, is located at 1608 S. J Street in Tacoma. Several of Franciscan specialty clinics have moved into the new building, including: 4th Floor Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Spine Surgery, Physiatry & Rheumatology ■■  Franciscan Orthopedic Associates (formerly Tacoma Orthopedic Surgeons) ■■  Franciscan Physiatry Associates (formerly Carlos E. Moravek, MD) ■■  Franciscan Rheumatology Associates ■■  Franciscan Spine Surgery Associates


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5th Floor Neurosciences, Otolaryngology & Audiology ■■  Franciscan Ear, Nose & Throat Associates ■■  Franciscan Neurology Associates ■■  Franciscan Neurosurgery Associates (formerly Neurosurgery Northwest) Christina Martinez, CNM, ARNP, provides great care at Franciscan Women’s Health Associates.

Franciscan establishes Center of Occupational Health and Education

Get care 24 hours a day by phone or webcam with virtual urgent care! Who hasn’t been there? You’re up in the middle of the night because your little one has a fever and bad cough. Or maybe you’re home sick from work, feeling awful, and the thought of leaving your home is more than you can handle. With Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care, we’re there to help you 24/7 by phone or secure video chat so you can get the care you need, when you need it. A phone call or couple clicks later and you’re speaking with a board-certified doctor or nurse practitioner from the comfort of your own home. We can even call a prescription in to your local pharmacy if one is needed. All for only $35.

How it works. Visit on your computer, tablet or smartphone and click on “get care now.” After answering a few questions about the reason you need care, you’re on your way to feeling better. We will contact you by phone if you want a phone visit or by SkypeTM if you’d like to be seen by video chat — usually within 30 minutes. Of course you can also turn to one of our clinics or Prompt Care urgent care centers for exceptional care in person. When you visit we’ll also provide you information and directions to the nearest Franciscan clinics and urgent care centers.

Start feeling better now.

Franciscan Health System, in partnership with the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and leading health systems and clinics in the region, has been selected to be the Center of Occupational Health and Education (COHE) of Western Washington. The COHE program is designed to improve injured worker outcomes and reduce disability through the education and implementation of occupational health best practices by clinicians and support care coordination of workers through health service coordinators. The COHE of Western Washington is the largest COHE in the state. “At Franciscan, we understand that returning workers to good health so they can return to their jobs as soon as safely possible is important to employers and employees,” said Paul Darby, MD, COHE medical director and medical director for Franciscan’s Occupational Health program. The Center of Occupational Health and Education of Western Washington is a broad-based partnership that includes leading healthcare systems and clinics.

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For years our patients have sought us out from the Plateau to the Peninsula for primary care, because they know they’re in good hands, but now there’s another reason. With Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care, we’re the first of our kind to offer 24/7 medical care by phone or video chat to help you start feeling better now.

The care you need, when you need it. Learn more at


Exciting advancement in breast cancer screening New 3D mammography available in your community


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To schedule your mammogram today, call the Carol Milgard Breast Center at (253) 759-2622.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s the bad news. The good news is mammography is the very best tool to detect this disease early. Yearly screenings increase the likelihood that cancer will be detected earlier when there are more treatment options available and a greater chance of survival. When you schedule your mammogram at the Carol Milgard Breast Center in Tacoma you may notice an exciting development since your previous screenings. That’s because the Carol Milgard Breast Center, a partnership among Franciscan, MultiCare Health System and TRA Medical Imaging, recently acquired 3-dimensional (3D) mammography technology, a revolutionary new tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer. “Overall, the experience of 3D mammography is very similar to what you’re used to with 2D mammography, and in fact you’ll receive a combination of 2D and 3D mammography within the same exam,” Khai Tran, M.D. said Khai Tran, MD, board-certified radiologist and a specialist in mammography. “The difference is whereas 2D takes two views of the breast, 3D mammography does an arc around the compressed breast taking a series of images within seconds. This allows the radiologist to look at the breast layer by layer for a more comprehensive screening of the breast tissue.”

The new 3D mammography significantly decreases the likelihood that you’ll be called back after your screening for a follow-up mammogram to get a closer look at abnormal areas. “Research shows that the call-back rate drops by as much as 30 percent with 3D mammography compared with 2D mammography alone,” Dr. Tran said. “Beyond the inconvenience, the experience of being called back can be very anxiety-provoking and stressful for women, so this makes a big difference in your overall experience and peace of mind.”

Why you shouldn’t wait Due to conflicting reports in recent years, you may feel confused about recommendations for breast cancer screenings. “We still follow the American Cancer Society recommendation that women start annual screenings at age 40,” Dr. Clark said. If you have a family history of the disease, discuss starting screenings sooner with your physician. It’s also important to receive clinical breast exams once a year and be sure to get your mammogram annually. “Mammograms can pick up cancer before you can actually feel it, so getting them yearly increases the likelihood that cancer will be found early when it’s most treatable,” Dr. Clark said. “As someone who sees cancer at every stage, I feel it’s important for women to play an active role in preventing breast cancer by controlling their weight, staying active, minimizing alcohol intake and getting regular screenings.”

a difference in detection While 2D technology continues to be an effective screening and diagnostic tool, 3D mammography offers some benefits above and beyond traditional mammography. The more detailed results improve the rate of cancer detection by 30 percent, Dr. Tran said. “For women with very dense breasts, 3D mammography allows us to more accurately Lynne P Clark, MD distinguish between normal breast tissue and a suspicious lesion that could be breast cancer,” said Lynne Clark, MD, a board-certified general surgeon at Franciscan Surgical Associates - Pearl Place who specializes in breast surgery. This is especially beneficial for pre-menopausal women who are more likely to have dense breasts and very aggressive tumors.


People who know:

Cancer screenings save lives You have heard it before — cancer screenings save lives — but when you hear it from someone who had their life saved, it takes on a whole new meaning. Remember, the earlier cancer is detected, the more successful the treatment. Always discuss your health, your habits and your family history with your physician as they may influence when and how often you should receive screenings.

Connie Shirk Diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012 Treatment team: Franciscan Cancer Center, Northwest Medical Specialties “I had been putting off a colonoscopy when my doctor insisted I get one. The screening found cancerous polyps so I was scheduled for surgery and had a section of my colon removed. I then had six months of chemotherapy. I previously had a few symptoms that should have warned me, but I rationalized them away. I thought a colonoscopy would be painful, but it’s a breeze. If people like me knew just how easy it was, they might get screened sooner before cancer has a chance to develop. Today I am fortunate to be cancer-free.”

Philip Wooding

Bill Garl

Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013 Treatment team: Franciscan Cancer Center, Pulmonary Consultants

Diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2012 Treatment team: Franciscan Cancer Center, Northwest Medical Specialties, Tacoma Valley Radiation Oncology

“I couldn’t sleep and was tired all the time. I thought I had sleep apnea and went to my doctor. During the tests to check my lung function, I couldn’t breathe and felt light-headed. An X-ray of my lungs showed a mass. After a CT Scan, a PET Scan and a biopsy, I was diagnosed with cancer in my upper right lung. The tumor was completely removed in surgery and I don’t need any additional treatment. I’m glad I went to my doctor instead of shrugging off my sleeping symptoms.”

Brenda Branchflower Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 Treatment team: Franciscan Cancer Center, Northwest Medical Specialties “My mom had breast cancer so I’ve always been diligent about getting a mammogram once a year since age 40. My last mammogram found that I had a very aggressive, fast-growing cancer. I had chemotherapy, a lumpectomy and radiation. Now the cancer is completely gone and I’ll be monitored very closely for the next five years. Had I waited or skipped a year I probably wouldn’t have been a survivor because of the nature of the cancer I had. The mammogram was lifesaving.”

“During a routine exam my doctor recommended I get a colonoscopy and endoscopy. So I scheduled those tests. The colonoscopy came back normal, but the endoscopy showed a mass in my esophagus that turned out to be cancerous. I had radiation and chemotherapy followed by surgery. I encourage all of my friends to visit their doctor. I felt like a million bucks before the diagnosis and never would’ve known I had cancer if I hadn’t been screened. The cancer is now gone.”

Franciscan Cancer Center is a collaboration of dedicated Franciscan Health System and Franciscan Medical Group surgeons, clinicians, staff and community specialist partners, who together provide American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accredited oncology care to patients throughout the South Puget Sound.


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Is it time for your next screening? “Cancer screening and early detection has been determined to reduce mortality from cancers of the colon, breast and uterine cervix. Cancer is the number one cause of death in the US for those under the age of 85 but it is estimated that 50 percent of cancer is preventable,” said Lawrence Tsai, MD, family medicine physician at Franciscan Medical Clinic at St. Joseph. “I highly recommend patients to ask their primary care physician about the cancer screenings they need.”

Lawrence Tsai, MD

Schedule life-saving screenings today! Contact a clinic near you from the list below. Screening





Cervical cancer screening

Beginning at age 21, yearly pelvic exam with Pap collection every 3 years or based on your doctor’s recommendations

Franciscan Women’s Health Associates St. Joseph (253) 274-7501 Pearl Place (253) 761-2244 Franciscan Medical Clinic St. Joseph (253) 274-7503 Yakima Avenue (253) 382-8240



An X-ray of the breasts to check for signs of breast cancer

Once a year starting at age 40. If you’re at high risk or have a family history of breast cancer, talk to your doctor about whether you should start screenings earlier.

Carol Milgard Breast Center (253) 759-2622

Colorectal cancer screening


Looks for signs of cancer and pre-cancer in the colon and rectum

Colonoscopy starting at age 50, repeated every 10 years.1

Franciscan Digestive Care Associates (253) 272-8664

Franciscan Medical Clinic St. Joseph (253) 274-7503 Yakima Avenue (253) 382-8240 Franciscan Urology Associates Tacoma (253) 426-6180

Franciscan Medical Clinic St. Joseph (253) 274-7503 Yakima Avenue (253) 382-8240

Pap Test

PSA blood test with or without a rectal exam


Checks for prostate cancer

Starting at age 50, discuss the pros and cons of this test with your doctor. Men at high risk, such as those with a family history, should discuss the test with their doctor starting at age 45.

Skin cancer screening


Clinical skin examination

Discuss with your doctor whether a visual skin examination is right for you.


Checks for lung cancer in people who are at risk

If you have a history of smoking 30 pack-years, equal to one pack per day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years, ask your doctor about a lung cancer screening.

CT scan of the lungs



Franciscan Medical Clinic St. Joseph (253) 274-7503 Yakima Avenue (253) 382-8240

Additional methods for colon cancer screenings include: fecal occult blood test yearly; flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years; double contrast barium every 5 years; computed tomography every 5 years.


Do you know the

dangers of lung cancer?

Ginette Rabon quit smoking with help from our Freedom from Tobacco program.

Franciscan offers most advanced services for screening and treatment Lung cancer kills more people each year than any other kind of cancer. “Although smoking is responsible for the majority of lung cancer deaths, certain forms of lung cancer that aren’t associated with smoking are on the rise,” said Frank Senecal, MD, a board-certified medical oncologist and medical director of Franciscan Cancer Center. Besides smoking, exposure to pollution and chemicals such as asbestos and radon gas may increase your risk, said Baiya Krishnadasan, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Franciscan Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates who specializes in lung cancers. Even if you never smoked, secondhand smoke (breathing in the smoke from other people’s cigarettes) and thirdhand smoke (the smoke you can smell in restaurants or cars even if no one is smoking) can boost your risk for lung cancer, too.

New research yields life-saving results With lung cancer, you may not have any symptoms early on. “Early detection is everything,” Dr. Senecal said. “Often once you develop symptoms of lung cancer, such as shortness of breath or coughing up blood, the disease is already very advanced.” Fortunately, a study published in the spring of 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that low-dose CT scans reduce lung cancer deaths. 10

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Frank Senecal, MD

Baiya Krishnadasan, MD

“If we identify a population at high risk of lung cancer and screen them using CT scans, we can potentially cure them without the cancer moving on to a more progressive form of the disease,” Dr. Krishnadasan said. Currently, the standard recommendation for receiving a lung cancer screening is a history of smoking “30-pack years,” which is equal to smoking one pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years. If you’ve been exposed to other chemicals or have a family history of the disease, discuss with your doctor whether you should be tested, Dr. Krishnadasan said. “Franciscan Health System has embraced the newest research findings and is committed to providing imaging for patients who need it in order to identify disease sooner so we can improve patients’ chances of survival,” Dr. Senecal said.

Time for your lung cancer screening? If you’re at increased risk for lung cancer, such as having smoked a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years, you should get screened. Visit

Freedom from Tobacco One of the best ways to reduce your risk for lung cancer, as well as countless other diseases, is to quit tobacco. Even if you’ve tried kicking the habit before, Franciscan’s highly successful Freedom from Tobacco smoking cessation program will help you reach your goals. “Since its inception by Dr. Patrick Hogan in May 1992, Freedom from Tobacco’s free weekly support group Ginnette Rabon , has assisted those tobacco-free for 13 years. who want to quit tobacco, help others quit, stay quit, or deal with issues of relapse,” said Heidi Henson, program facilitator. “Because it’s a true support group, we focus on who’s there and what they want to achieve, offering completely personalized support to help them quit and stay quit for life.” Heidi Henson (TBD) Ginnette Rabon, 57, smoked for 32 years until she decided to quit in 2000. “I made up my mind that I was done; I was tired of being sick, the smell and all of the other negatives associated with smoking,” she said. Rabon searched online for ways to quit and discovered a Freedom from Tobacco meeting at St. Joseph Medical Center. “I attended the group for six months before I quit,” she said. “Even though many in the group had already quit, they understood and no one judged me. It’s just a wonderful bunch of people and I think being part of a group is really what helped me quit.” Today, 13 years later, Rabon continues to attend meetings and even leads the group when Henson is unavailable. “If you’ve tried and tried and haven’t been able to quit on your own, Freedom from Tobacco could work for you,” Rabon said. “The support gained in Freedom from Tobacco could be the part you’ve been missing. It was for me.”

Ready to quit? To sign up for our Freedom from Tobacco program, call (253) 223-7538 or visit


Nurse navigators (L to R): Jenna Lewis, RN, Jung Lee, RN, Susan Nixon, RN, Debbie Hellers, RN.

We’re here for you

Franciscan cancer nurse navigators are with you every step of the way A cancer diagnosis brings up emotions — and questions. “How will I care for my ailing husband during treatment?” “Can I afford to take time off from work?” “What will treatment be like?” “How will I tell the kids?” At St. Joseph Medical Center you don’t have to face these or any other questions about your treatment alone. A Franciscan cancer nurse navigator is available to support you from diagnosis through survivorship.

Offering understanding “When you’re diagnosed, you don’t know what to expect,” said Tricia Sinek, RD, co-manager of Franciscan Community Cancer Program. “You’ve been given information that sounds like a foreign language.” A nurse navigator helps explain what each of your appointments and tests mean, why they’re important, and why it’s critical to make sure they’re completed within a specific period of time. “All of our nurse navigators have many years of oncology experience,” said Sinek. “They are instrumental in supporting and advocating for the patient.”

Removing barriers to care Nurse navigation is an important part of cancer care. “I am the point of contact for a cancer patient, whenever that cancer has been discovered,” said Debbie Hellers, RN, BSN, OCN, Franciscan nurse navigator. Hellers serves thoracic and head/ neck cancer patients across the Franciscan system, however we have nurse navigators for every type of cancer diagnosis. 12

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There are many areas where your nurse navigator can help ensure your needs are being met including social support, transportation, community programs and nutrition resources. If you have financial concerns or difficulty understanding complex treatment recommenDebbie Hellers, dations, your nurse navigator will also help RN, BSN, OCN address these issues. “We work hard to make sure required follow-ups have actually happened,” said Hellers. “I’m the patient’s resource person, their go-to gal. I make sure the patient doesn’t get lost in their cancer journey.”

Serving our community In our community, anyone diagnosed with cancer can call for help from a Franciscan nurse navigator, regardless of where you received your diagnosis. Physicians will often refer you to nurse navigation as well. “We use our expertise in cancer care to ensure patients get through their cancer journey with the best outcome possible,” Hellers said. Franciscan also provides community-based cancer navigators who work with specific ethnic minority populations with greater cancer risks, and clinic-based patient navigators.


To learn more about our cancer care program, call (253) 426-4672 or visit

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health! For Your

Classes Eat It to Beat It: Diabetes Prevention A two-part class series introducing participants to the tools necessary to take control of their health to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Our registered dietitians also are certified diabetes educators specializing in health promotion through exercise and good nutrition. Participants completing the introduction series will have the opportunity for ongoing educational opportunities (for an additional fee). $35/person. Register online at TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, Dining Room 1 and 2, 1717 South J. St. » Mon., Oct. 7; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Mon., Nov. 4; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. » Mon., Nov. 4; 1-3 p.m., and Mon., Dec. 2; 1-2:30 p.m. GIG HARBOR, St. Anthony Hospital, Green Point Dining Room, 11567 Canterwood Blvd NW » Mon., Nov. 11; 3-5 p.m., and Mon., Dec. 9; 3-4:30 p.m..

Heart Healthy Nutrition Series Heart healthy nutrition series is a 4-week class that will give you information on reading food labels, eating out, portion control and heart healthy eating. Cost: Free. Call 1-888-825-3227 to register. » First and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 9:30 -10:30 a.m.; TACOMA, Heart Center Education Room at St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 South J. St.

Living Well With Kidney Disease This free class will help you understand your condition better, learn ways to preserve kidney function and live a better life with kidney disease. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Wed., Nov. 6; TACOMA; St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 South J. St.

Events An Autumn Event to Fall For and Your Skin Will Love It! Join us at our fall open house for gift sets, appetizers, raffles, 20% product discount and 20% off coupons for: skin care products, skin care treatments, skin care packages and injectable services. To register, call (253) 838-3695 or email » Thurs., Nov 7; 4-7 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY, St. Francis Medical Pavilion, 34503 9th Avenue S, Suite 340

Annual Plateau Health & Wellness Expo

See something you like? Mark your calendar! Franciscan Health System offers these upcoming events and resources to help promote healing of mind, body and spirit.

Bunco for Breast Health Join us for an evening of bunco, prizes and refreshments as we raise money for women in our community who can’t afford mammograms or other breast health services. Register or make a donation today! Reservations required. If you cannot attend, we will gladly accept a donation. Appetizers provided. Mammo Martinis and Cosmos for Cancer available for purchase! Registration donation: $22. Register at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Thurs., Oct. 17; 6:30 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY, Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club

Join us for free blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and osteoporosis health screenings at this 22nd annual event. Other services include cardiac risk assessments, flu shots (limited supply), lessons in emergency preparedness, health and wellness education, community resources, free massage and reflexology, financial health information and more. Children’s events include bike and car seat safety, a bike rodeo and a demonstration by the “Reptile Man” – back by popular demand! » Sat., Oct. 12; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; ENUMCLAW, Enumclaw High School, 226 Semanski St.

Bras for a Cause

Susan G. Komen — Lunch for the Cure

Celebration of Life

Join us for the 12th annual Lunch for the Cure® — a fundraising luncheon and education event where community members gather to make a powerful statement in the fight against breast cancer. Registration is required. For more information, go to » Tues., Oct. 1; Noon–1:30 p.m., TACOMA, Greater Tacoma Convention and Visitor Center

For many of us who have lost a loved one and wish to pay tribute to a special person, the holidays are an ideal time. Franciscan Hospice & Palliative Care can help you honor those individuals. RSVP today by calling (253) 534-7014. » Sat., Dec. 14; UNIVERSITY PLACE, Franciscan Hospice & Palliative Care, 2901 Bridgeport Way W.

Join us for an uplifting evening of creativity, sisterhood, and help support breast cancer screening for underserved women in our community. View artfully decorated bras, and vote for your favorite. Enjoy refreshments. Proceeds fund mammography screening at St. Elizabeth for uninsured women. Registration donation: $10 in advance, $15 day of event. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Thurs., Oct. 24; 6-8 p.m., ENUMCLAW, St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1455 Battersby Ave.

Making Strides for Pierce County Walk Let’s walk to help raise funds to fight breast cancer! To register to walk or to make a donation, go to » Sat., Oct. 12; 10-1p.m.; TACOMA, Theater on the Square, 910 Broadway


Solutions for Hip Pain with Joshua A. Johnston, MD Is a bum hip getting in the way of your daily routine? Find out which treatment options are available to you as Dr. Johnston discusses minimally invasive, surgical and non-surgical techniques to get you active again. Register online at FHShealth. org/ortho or call 1-888-825-3227. » Thurs., Oct. 10; 6-7:30 p.m.; LAKEWOOD, Tacoma Golf & Country Club, 13204 Country Club Dr SW

Advancements in Joint Replacement with David Bishop, MD

Health Talks: Healthy is Delicious — Eating a Mediterranean Diet Learn from our Franciscan Cancer Care experts why foods such as olive oil, legumes, nuts and fish can improve your health. Enjoy a cooking demonstration with a Franciscan chef, showing you how to prepare these foods at Healthy is Delicious. Cost is $10 per person and includes many appetizers. Register by calling 1-888-825-3227. » Wed., Nov. 6; 6–8 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, Lagerquist A&B Conference Room » Wed., Nov. 13; 6–8 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, Lagerquist A&B Conference Room

Afraid to Laugh, Cough or Sneeze? with Scott Poehlmann, MD Is your bladder running your life? Get answers and solutions, from physical therapy and medications to surgical options. » Thurs., Sept. 26; 6-7:30 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY, St. Francis Medical Office Building, 34509 Ninth Ave. S.

What’s Wrong Down There? — with Panel of Gynecologists and a Urogynecologist Join our panel of physicians who specialize in gynecological care for women over 40. Get answers to your questions and solutions to issues such as incontinence, prolapsed organs, and painful periods. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Thurs., Oct. 10; 6-7:30 p.m.; LAKEWOOD, St. Clare Hospital, Classrooms A&B, 11315 Bridgeport Way SW


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cardiology expert Raed Fahmy, MD. From palpitations to heart and vascular disease prevention and management, he will provide solid information to help you stay heart healthy! Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Thurs., Oct. 24; 6-7:30 p.m.; GIG HARBOR, St. Anthony Hospital, Smalling Education Center, 11511 Canterwood Blvd

Understanding and Treating Back Pain with Caroline Carlson, ARNP

Are painful hips and knees impeding your everyday life? Dr. Bishop will discuss non-surgical therapies and innovations in implants and surgical techniques that are helping patients achieve excellent results. Register at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Wed., Oct. 2; 6-7:30 p.m.; ENUMCLAW, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Rainier Room, 1455 Battersby Ave

Most of us will suffer some level of back pain during our lives, often from injury or overuse. Join our expert from the Franciscan Spine Center as she discusses how the back works, common problems and the latest surgical and non-surgical treatments that can get you back on track. Receive a free Back Basics book. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Tues., Nov. 5; 6-7:30 p.m.; LAKEWOOD, Tacoma Country & Golf Club, 13204 Country Club Dr SW

Options and Innovations in Joint Replacement with Robert Yancey, MD

Is Joint Replacement Right for You? — with Steven Teeny, MD

Want to get back to enjoying the activities you love? Joint replacement could be the answer you’re searching for. Orthopedic Surgeon Robert Yancey, MD, will discuss the latest innovations in minimally invasive and surgical techniques that are helping patients heal faster, experience less pain and maintain longer-lasting joints. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Tues., Nov. 12; 6-7:30 p.m.; GIG HARBOR, Inn at Gig Harbor, 3211 56th Street NW

If you are experiencing hip or knee pain from arthritis or another condition, joint replacement may be right for you. Dr. Teeny will discuss the recent innovations in joint replacement, including new implants, surgical techniques and equipment. Learn about the options that are allowing patients to achieve great results. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Thurs., Nov. 14; 6-7:30 p.m.; LAKEWOOD, Tacoma Country & Golf Club, 13204 Country Club Dr SW

Arrhythmia and Your Heart — Don’t Miss a Beat with Amrit Guptan, MD Do you ever feel like your heart flutters or is skipping beats? Dr. Guptan, a cardiologist and electro-physiologist, will discuss your heart’s electrical system, what to know about arrhythmia and when to see a doctor. He is considered an expert on heart rhythm disorders. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Thurs., Nov. 7; 6-7:30 p.m.; TACOMA, Fircrest Golf Club, 1500 Regents Blvd  

Your Heart. Your Life. Straight Talk from an Expert with Raed Fahmy, MD Most of us have some risk of developing heart disease. Attend this free health talk with Franciscan

Advancements in Joint Replacement with Richard Gray, MD Achy hips and knees? Learn how to stay strong, mobile and pain free as Dr. Gray discusses the latest innovations in surgical techniques and minimally-invasive procedures that can help you heal quickly and create longer lasting joints. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » Wed., Nov. 20; 6-7:30 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY, Best Western Evergreen Inn & Suites, 32124 25th Ave S

FAmily Education For more information about tours or family education classes and to register, call 1-888-825-3227 (available 24/7) or visit

Family Birth Center Tour and Classes Be prepared for your upcoming delivery with a tour of the birth center near you with tips for going home with your baby. FREE!

Newborn Preparation This one time class includes topics such as postpartum care of mom and baby, hints for adjusting to new roles, basic newborn care and resources. $50/couple.

Childbirth Preparation Four Franciscan hospitals offer childbirth preparation classes. Topics include pregnancy comfort measures, labor and birth including variations and interventions, and postpartum. All classes include a tour of the family birth center. $125/couple or free with Provider One/ DSHS card.

Teen Childbirth Preparation Pregnancy preparation specifically addressing the unique needs of young people 19 and under. $60/coupleor free with Provider One/DSHS card.

Breastfeeding Preparation Covers basic breastfeeding initiation tips and accessing postpartum lactation resources. $50/couple.

Conscious Fathering Dads-to-be discuss priorities, life adjustment, fears, problem solving, partnership and basic infant care. $50/person.

weight Loss

Support Groups Fall ICD Support Group

Weight Loss Surgery — Learn the Facts

A semi-annual event to bring patients and their family or support persons together for an evening of information and support regarding living with an implantable (or external) cardiac defibrillator. Call (253) 426-4766 to register. » Thurs., Oct. 17; 6-8 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 S J St., Lagerquist A Conference Room

FREE seminar about your surgical options at the Franciscan Center for Weight Management, a designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Registration is required. Call 1-888-825-3227 or go to » FEDERAL WAY, Franciscan Center for Weight Management, 34509 Ninth Ave. S, Suite 100

Diabetes Support Groups

Whether you’re contemplating surgical weight loss or have already had surgery, we have a support group to meet your needs. Register online at or call 1-888-825-3227. » LAKEWOOD, Third Monday of the Month, 6:30-7:30 p.m., St. Clare Hospital Resource Center » FEDERAL WAY, Second Tuesday of the Month, 1-2 p.m., St. Francis Hospital Medical Office Building, 34509 Ninth Ave. S

Learn and find encouragement and support from others coping with diabetes. Call Franciscan’s Diabetes Services at (253) 426-6753 for more information. » Second Tuesday of the Month; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; GIG HARBOR, St. Anthony’s Hospital Conference Room A, 111567 Canterwood Blvd NW » Third Wednesday of the Month; Noon-1 p.m.; FEDERAL WAY, St. Francis Medical Office Building Conference Room, 34509 9th Ave. S » Fourth Monday of the Month; Noon-1 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center , Dining Rooms 1 & 2, 1717 South J St.

Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups

WomenHeart of Pierce County This group is for women who are heart attack survivors, are at risk for heart disease or want to learn more. E-mail or call (253) 426-4456 for more information. » Last Tues/month; 5-7 p.m.; TACOMA, St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 S J St.

Safe Sitter Babysitting training for adolescents. Discusses topics such as how to handle emergencies. $75/person.

Free Car Seat Safety Check Is your child’s car seat installed correctly? Certified technicians will show you how to install your car seat according to national safety guidelines. Available at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way and Highline Medical Center in Burien. Please call (206) 987-SAFE or visit

Most programs and classes are free, but many require registration. For more information, call the number listed. ST. JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER 1717 S. J St Tacoma • 253-426-4101

ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL 34515 Ninth Ave S Federal Way • 253-944-8100

ST. CLARE HOSPITAL 11315 Bridgeport Way S.W. Lakewood • 253-985-1711

ST. ELIZABETH HOSPITAL 1455 Battersby Ave Enumclaw • 360-802-8800

ST. ANTHONY HOSPITAL 11567 Canterwood Blvd N.W. Gig Harbor • 253-530-2000

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